Assignment 3B

Assignment 3B

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  • The School's Copy Room...
  • Mrs. McComb & Ms. Mathias are looking for new ways to really engage their students...
  • What are we gonna to do to motivate our students???
  • There has to be something more we can do!?!?
  • Mrs. Mathias' Room
  • Let's focus on getting our students to collaborate more!!!
  • Maybe we could use technology & digital resources to help our students work together?
  • The List of Resources
  • Those are some great resources! But how do we apply them in the classroom?
  • Well, we just learned about Wiki pages, Mashups, Blogs, Prezis, Google Classrooms, & Digital Story Telling
  • Collaboration is a fundamental tool within a teacher's arsenal of instructional strategies. Essentially, collaboration is defined as, "the action of working with someone in order to produce or create something" (
  • Idea #1: Think Pair Share with a Twist
  • Collaboration limits the involvement of the teacher in the learning process, thereby producing student driven learning. Since students are required to work directly with the core content of a lesson, they are able to process material in a fashion that best suits their learning style and needs. Additionally, collaboration allows educators to implement appropriate differentiations since students categorized as ELLs or with IEPs perform better with peer assistance.
  • Idea #2: Wiki Pages
  • There are many online collaboration based tools, such as this in Google Apps and the one's listed in this presentation. Each of these resources allow students to access and share documents online, which affords students a platform to obtain innovative ideas. Additionally, these platforms allow students to blend together text, images, and videos to create new products.
  • Idea #3: Edmodo & Blogging
  • Think/Pair/Share is a learning strategy where students work in pairs to analyze and evaluate a problem or question. First students think individually about a given topic on their own. Next they students are paired up with a partner and asked to share their own original ideas with that partner. These partners then collaboratively discuss and attempt to synthesize the ideas and concepts each partner brings to the discussion. This learning activity allows students to engage in high critical thinking skills while simultaneously enhancing students' communication skills.
  • This is an excellent instructional tool that allows students to work directly with the core content of a given lesson. Exploring the material causes students to "own" their learning experiences. It also allows an educator to conduct formative assessments while supporting ELLs by allowing them to directly interact with native speakers in a low stress environment
  • The traditional Think/Pair/Share activity can be altered to incorporate more technology by employing Google Docs. Instead of simply having students reflect on a concept independently and then work collaboratively with a partner, a teacher could have students record their ideas independently on a Google Doc which they will reference throughout the "share" portion of the assignment. A quiet rule could be used, which requires students to only communicate through the devices present in the Google Doc. Such an activity mimics having to collaboratively work on a project while being in two separate locations.
  • Wiki pages essentially allow the creator of the page to generate the pages' content. They are easy to create and simple to access, which allows various members of a team or group to compose, edit, & add links to various websites that correspond to the Wikis topic. [Wikis can also be used with Think/Pair/Share as well]
  • Wiki Pages allow students to communicate in a collaborative fashion without the annoying restrictions of an email chain. Students can organize their own pages to outline essays, discuss the details of a presentation, or organize roles for a skit. Wikis are relatively simplistic to create and edit, which allows the collaborative process to be or organic in nature. This allows work to be more student driven.
  • Edmodo & Blogs functions in relatively similar capacity. Each resource facilitates students with the opportunity to first express themselves and receive feedback from their peers. These collaborative devices allow students to employ digital interfaces as mediums of communication that are geared towards academic endeavors.
  • Edmodo is an interface that functions much like Facebook. However, is has been adapted as a tool for teachers and students to interact with one another. Educators can use this tool to facilitate student interaction & collaboration by having students comment on each others responses. Similarly, student made blogs, using tools like Google's Blogger, are fantastic mediums of communication. Students can express their thoughts and opinions regarding the subject matter of a class while their peers provide them commentary and feedback.
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